The Richmond Jazz Festival returns to town August 11-14, 2016

The East Coast’s premier jazz music event, the Richmond Jazz Festival, returns for its seventh year on August 11 – 14, 2016. Events and performances will take place at several Richmond locations, with the main event being held at Maymont on Saturday and Sunday.

Thousands of music lovers from across the country will travel to Richmond for this one-of-a-kind musical experience, and with names like Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, The Roots and Morris Day and The Time, the 2016 Richmond Jazz Festival features one of the most impressive line-ups yet.

Presented by Altria, the festival has partnered with Virginia is for Lovers and Dominion as stage sponsors. Other sponsors include Richmond Region Tourism, Pepsi and Virginia Lottery as well as NBC 12, Summit Media and WCVE Public Radio.

Wyclef Jean Photo: Flickr/Adanbouzoua

Wyclef Jean
Photo: Flickr/Adanbouzoua

Richmond Jazz Festival 2016 Schedule:

Thursday, August 11

  • The Jazz Café at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (200 No. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220) – free admission
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (2408-2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220) – Hardywood Food Truck Rally – free admission

Friday, August 12

  • Hippodrome Theater (528 N. 2nd Street, Richmond, VA 23219) – “Homegrown at the Hipp” – $30 admission
Herbie Hancock Photo: Wikimedia/Creative Commons

Herbie Hancock
Photo: Wikimedia/Creative Commons

Saturday, August 13

  • Maymont (1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA 23220) – Doors open at 11 a.m. and performances begin at noon – $85 single day admission / $160 weekend admission


Herbie Hancock

Wyclef Jean

Esperanza Spalding

Vanessa Williams

Ramsey Lewis

Loston Harris

Diane Schuur

Stephanie Mills

Buckwheat Zydeco

Arrested Development

Lucky Chops

Tome Browne & Jean Carne

Al Jarreau Photo: Wikimedia/Creative Commons

Al Jarreau
Photo: Wikimedia/Creative Commons

Sunday, August 14

  • Maymont (refer to above)


The Roots

Al Jarreau

Michael Franks

Morris Day and The Time

Freddy Cole

Sonny Fortune

Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright


Plunky & Oneness

Sasha Masakowski

Grace Kelly

Ramsey Lewis

There is a Richmond Jazz Festival app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. Users can share and view photos, purchase tickets, view the performance line-up, get weather updates and connect with other attendees.

You can visit for ticket information, to view the performance schedule and to get additional updates.

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